So me and coats, coats and me, we go a long, long way back. I was always drawn to the classics and that’s how I went through the terrible 80’s wearing them with massive shoulder pads before finding vintage treasures that fit beautifully everywhere – then the next two decades avoiding shoulder pads altogether with softer shapes and trenches.But I don’t think I ever owned a black coat strangely enough until about 5 years ago with this Burberry wool mix trench and long sweeping number by Austin Reed. And an unlined pea coat by Theory (now promised to my Tween). I needed an easy style – cashmere – not long but not short either – knee length. I was prepared to wait but had sort of reconciled myself to one from Max Mara if I could find it with real buttons and button holes – not those press stud excuses! Don’t get me started on that sort of thing 🙂 Imagine my incredulity at stumbling across this little treasure!Exactly as I wished for and more – it’s by Hermès, preowned but in almost unworn condition. I can tell you that it’s the details which delight further: leather buttons, leather line pockets and leather under the back collar. It’s a double face cashmere, so no lining. It’s fair to say I’m passionate about coats! I think they set the tone for the Autumn/Winter season and there really is a coat for every nuance of weather in the UK climate …. that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it 🙂 Most of the time, especially if commuting, most people only ever see our coats and what’s the point of wearing a wonderful outfit when your coat is the wrong shape or worn out?I have to add that vintage coats are worth their weight in gold for me at least. The cut is much more petite friendly and the quality of materials and production were superior. ‘In those days’, people bought only the one or two coats their entire life (one for everyday and the other for best to go to church) so they had to last.It was mild enough to dress like for Spring and no socks. The Trim is a great navy which has grey undertones helping to break up the black. I planned to wear a skirt and knee boots but just felt wrong and couldn’t make it right so pulled on the black leggings jeans and slippers instead – at least the top half was ok!
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